In the mid-1990′s, I was invited to exhibit images from the Stargazing project in Sao Paolo, Brazil. A catalog was published that included an image from that work.
Fast forward to two days ago, when I received the following message from someone in Brazil through my Facebook page, which I have edited somewhat:
“A few weeks ago, while looking for references material to start drawing the graphic design of my first EP (CD) – I’m an actor, singer, producer (former MTV latin america) and performer, born in Sao Paulo – came to my hands, the book “Fotografia Pensante” (edited by) the valuable and genius Luiz Guimaraes Monforte!”
He goes on to say that he found my photograph in the book as he leafed through it. Then he wrote:
“The impact that this image generated in my heart was so intense, that there is more than one week can not sleep! Seriosly!”
The idea that someone couldn’t sleep for a week because of an image I made was…. well, way cool!!! But what struck me most about this is that once you put your work out into the world, you never know who will see it, when they will see it, or if it will resonate in any way with those who do see it.
It reminds me of the seeds of desert wildflowers that lie dormant for decades until just the right conditions occur that cause them to finally germinate and bloom. So plant the seeds, just get your work out there, and see what happens.